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Update: Health Inspectors Cite West Hempstead School, Lynbrook Restaurants for Violations

George Washington School received a critical violation from the New York State Department of Health. Credit: File photo
George Washington School received a critical violation from the New York State Department of Health. Credit: File photo

Health inspectors cited a West Hempstead elementary school, a West Hempstead restaurant, three Lynbrook restaurants, a Lynbrook deli and an East Rockaway take-out restaurant for “critical violations” during the most recent recorded inspection, according to data supplied by the New York State Department of Health.

The following establishments received critical violations:

  • Washington Elementary School in West Hempstead:  One critical violation for "accurate thermometers not available or used to evaluate potentially hazardous food temperatures during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding." The school was last inspected on May 23, 2013, according to records.  
Richard Cunningham, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, said that while the school did receive the violation, it was "corrected immediately" while the inspector was there.

"The thermometer wasn't working within 10 degrees within the acceptable level," Cunningham said. "It was then corrected by the inspector."
  • Avli The Little Greek Kitchen in West Hempstead: Two critical violations and two non-critical violations. Critical violations: "Cooked or prepared foods are subject to cross-contamination from raw foods; Toxic chemicals are improperly labeled, stored or used so that contamination of food can occur." Last inspected May 2, 2013. 
  • Cuzco Peru Chicken in Lynbrook: One critical violation for "Water/ice: unsafe, unapproved sources, cross connections." Last inspected on March 11, 2013. 
  • Lynbrook's New Hong Kong Restaurant: One critical violation and three non-critical violations. The critical violation was for "Toxic chemicals are improperly labeled, stored or used so that contamination of food can occur." Non-critical: "Food not protected during storage, preparation, display, transportation and service, from potential sources of contamination (e.g., food uncovered, mislabeled, stored on floor, missing or inadequate sneeze guards, food containers double stacked). Insects, rodents present; Pesticide application not supervised by a certified applicator." Last inspected Sept. 12, 2013. 
  • Savino's in Lynbrook: One critical violation for "Food workers do not use proper utensils to eliminate bare hand contact with cooked or prepared foods." Last inspected on Aug. 22, 2013. 
  • Beckmann's Deli in Lynbrook: One critical, four non-critical violations. Critical violation: "Food workers do not use proper utensils to eliminate bare hand contact with cooked or prepared foods." Last inspected Aug. 19, 2013. 
  • Rocco's Italian Take-Out in East Rockaway: One critical violation and seven non-critical violations. Critical violation for "Cooked or prepared foods are subject to cross-contamination from raw foods." Last inspected March 13, 2013. 

Collected from the “Health Data NY” section of the New York “Open Data Portal,” the searchable map above includes food service establishments in Lynbrook and East Rockaway, and an elementary school in West Hempstead that were cited for “critical violations” during the last recorded inspection by the state health department.

You can zoom in and out of the map and click on any bubble for basic information about the establishments, including its name, date of inspection and violation specifics.

Across more than 90,000 food service establishments statewide, the the State Department of Health's Bureau of Community Environmental Health and Food Protection guides county and city health officials who permit and inspect food service establishments, the agency says.

The bureau maintains Part 14 of the New York State Sanitary Code, including subpart 14-1 which regulates food service establishments. See this subsection for specifics on inspections.

the big kahuna January 16, 2014 at 01:57 PM
oh my God!! How will the Lynbrook police cope with the Beckmans violations Guess they will need sick leave of a few months to get over this!!! Or maybe patrol the area!!!!!
the big kahuna January 16, 2014 at 02:09 PM
it also seems that many of the places are of ASIAN DECENT. MAYBE A LESSON OF CLEANLINESS IS NEEDED????
PD January 16, 2014 at 02:53 PM
[Non-critical: "Food not protected during storage, preparation, display, transportation and service, from potential sources of contamination (e.g., food uncovered, mislabeled, stored on floor, missing or inadequate sneeze guards, food containers double stacked). Insects, rodents present; Pesticide application not supervised by a certified applicator."] Ummm, this is NON-critical? Are you kidding me?
BigEye January 16, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Hey - It's just a little extra flavor!
JOHN C. January 16, 2014 at 03:43 PM
see something.....say something! if you see these food establishments performing in unsanitary ways of handling your next meal, then call nassau county board of health. let them handle it. recently i witnessed a deli owner making a sandwich without gloves as he sliced up cold cuts i wondered where his hands where minutes before ?? touching dirty money? or wiping his..,/'[/.]/'/?
Ivan Ivanovich January 16, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Those guidelines are cosmetic bs that do nothing to protect the consumer, it just gives some politically connected flunky a job that he wouldn't otherwise get, specifically, do u know that it's ok to handle money with those stupid plastic gloves and then handle food, unsanitary but ok according to the "regulation" , here's a idea WASH UR HANDs

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